When designing envelopes you need to make sure they will meet postal requirements print well and be sturdy enough to protect the contents until they reach their destination
227K - views

When designing envelopes you need to make sure they will meet postal requirements print well and be sturdy enough to protect the contents until they reach their destination

Envelope papers must not interfere with automated address reading If considering brilliant colored highly glazed paper or paper with an overall tint or graphic a US Post Of64257ce representative should review the design to be certain that it meets p

Download Pdf

When designing envelopes you need to make sure they will meet postal requirements print well and be sturdy enough to protect the contents until they reach their destination




Download Pdf - The PPT/PDF document "When designing envelopes you need to mak..." is the property of its rightful owner. Permission is granted to download and print the materials on this web site for personal, non-commercial use only, and to display it on your personal computer provided you do not modify the materials and that you retain all copyright notices contained in the materials. By downloading content from our website, you accept the terms of this agreement.



Presentation on theme: "When designing envelopes you need to make sure they will meet postal requirements print well and be sturdy enough to protect the contents until they reach their destination"— Presentation transcript:


Page 1
When designing envelopes, you need to make sure they will meet postal requirements, print well, and be sturdy enough to protect the contents until they reach their destination. Envelope papers must not interfere with automated address reading. If considering brilliant colored, highly glazed paper or paper with an overall tint or graphic, a U.S. Post Office representative should review the design to be certain that it meets postal standards. Think about how the envelope will be addressed, and consider how it will look when paired with various types of labels or ink jet

printed addresses. Make sure that the addressing label will adhere to the chosen paper stock. ENVELOPE PAPER The U.S.P.S. requires that envelopes be constructed from at least 16 lb. paper and recommends 24 lb. and up basis weights. PRINTING AFTER CONVERTING Printers generally prefer printing converted envelopes without bleeds. Bleeds can only be positioned on three sides of an envelope, leaving one of the short dimension edges for the gripper of the press. Non-bleed images and addresses may be printed on the back flap.Screens or printed text may sometimes appear heavier on the seams,

where the double thickness of paper and glue create a raised area. Depending on your artwork, it may be best to choose a side-seam or diagonal-seam envelope. PRINTING PRIOR TO CONVERSION In printing an unconverted envelope, it’s possible to bleed solids or screens on all four sides of the outside and inside of the envelope and flap. Bleeds on the inside of the envelope are common for both dramatic eect and provide security through added opacity. Always contact your envelope convertor before printing to find out if there are any special requirements for areas that will be

glued. ALIGNING SEAMS Because of the variability in die-cutting and folding, avoid designs that require an exact register across an envelope’s seam. STAMPING AND EMBOSSING Unlike converted envelopes, unconverted envelopes allow you to foil-stamp and emboss a de-sign without leaving a debossed image on the opposite side of the envelope. continued ENVELOPES 465 Saratoga Street Cohoes, New York 12047 1 800 the mill mohawkconnects.com The U.S. Postal Service publishes the Domestic Mail Manual, an extensive list of requirements. THE BASICS: All mailpieces 1/4” thick or less must be rectangular in

shape, at least 3 1/2” high and at least 5” long . A mail piece must be at least.007 (7pt.) thick when itdoes not exceed 4 1/4” inheight and 6” in length. A mailpiece must be at least.009 (9pt.) thick if it is greater than 6” in length or width or both. For a Domestic Mail Manual, visit www.usps.gov or write to: Superintendent of Documents Mail Stop SSOM Washington, DC 20402- 9375 July 2010
Page 2
LAYOUT To avoid costly mistakes and structural problems, be sure your printer asks for an envelope layout guide and instructions from the paper merchant or envelope convertor. Be sure to

leave enough time in the schedule for the extra steps and communications that conversion requires. LASER PRINTING ON ENVELOPES Test your envelope in the laser printer before running to avoid jamming and creasing caused by envelope thickness. Spot tacking of the seal flap can occur when the glue is exposed to the intense heat and moisture generated in the fusion chamber of the laser printer. If the flap starts to stick, open the door alongside the fusion chamber while printing. If tacking continues, place a small, low velocity electric fan near the open chamber door to circulate

fresh air through the chamber. CONVERTORS Envelopes are manufactured by the mill as Mohawk does or by convertors who sell to paper merchants. Some printers also have envelope converting equipment. You should consult with both early on in the planning process. AVAILABILITY Mohawk now oers over 3700 envelope items including the full range of common sizes—monarch, 6.75, #9, and #10 commercials, A2, A6, A7, A8, and A10 announcements along with 9 x 12 booklets. Many items are in stock and ready for immediate delivery through the widest network of warehouses, pool trucks, and merchant

partners in the industry. Non-stocked items will be available for converting and shipment with very competitive lead times. Need just one box? Check www. mohawkconnects.com for smaller quantities of envelopes. Envelopes are available through Mohawk and your local merchant. For more information, please call your local merchant or Mohawk at 1 800 the mill. www.mohawkconnects.com. 465 Saratoga Street Cohoes, New York 12047 1 800 the mill mohawkconnects.com July 2010 Envelopes, continued